I just don't know where to start.
An armed man walked into a Connecticut elementary school, shooting and killing 26 people -- 18 of them children. NBC News reports that the gunman was a 20-year old man, with two 9mm handguns.
If there is anything worse than a mass shooting, it is a mass shooting involving children. Many of them. At school. During the holiday season.
As parents, we send our children to class each morning, trusting that they will come home safely and assume that their only worries would be about spelling tests or who to sit next to at lunch. Not this.
Or we plan to make a trip to the mall to buy presents for our loved ones. We might worry about finding a parking space or waiting in long lines. We don't expect a gunman to open fire on unsuspecting shoppers. But that's what happened in Portland, Oregon earlier this week, when a 22-year old man walked into a busy mall, shooting and killing two people and then taking his own life. The Clackamas Town Center re-opened today for the first time after Tuesday's shooting.
#PrayForNewton is trending on Twitter:
Pictures of babies crying - 18 kids dead. I will be hugging my babies extra tight tonight. #prayfornewtown
Newtown is on every news channel. This honestly does not feel real. It's scary knowing it happened in our town. #PrayForNewtown
Every day my wife is in a classroom doing her best to help children learn. No reason it couldn't have been her room #prayfornewtown
Sometimes I wonder how our world has become so sick and twisted. #PrayForNewtown
[Editor's Note: Updated at 2:21 pm CT with President Obama's statement.]
[Editor's Note: Updated 12/14/2013 at 2:46 pm CT. Connecticut Governor Malloy and Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police held this press conference. They will update us again in an hour. Lt. Vance confirmed that twenty children and six adults were killed at the school and another adult was killed at another location.]
We'll continue to keep watch on the events, as more information becomes available. Join us in sharing your thoughts in the comments below.
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